Daily News header

Crank - Revenge-Minded Hit Man: DVD Review

by Kam Williams

Riveting DVD Revolving around Revenge-Minded Hit Man

Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) was ready to retire from his career as a mob hit man in order to settle down with his clueless girlfriend, Eve (Amy Smart), when he was injected by rival (Jose Pablo Cantillo) with a slow-acting poison certain was to stop his heart in an hour unless he figures out a way to prevent his ticker from grinding to a stop.

So, with the proverbial Sword of Damocles hanging over his head, Chev proceeds to ingest whatever stimulants he can get his hands on, while making the most of what might be his last minutes on Earth. Crisscrossing Los Angeles like a madman on a mission, he takes no prisoners, seeking vengeance and an antidote as he tries to save his naive moll from the clutches of his tormentor.

Crank is a high-octane, edge-of-your-seat, roller coaster ride with a manic sense of urgency since the desperate Chev must maintain a pulse or perish. Whether jabbing himself with an EpiPen, snorting nasal sprays up both nostrils, having sex on a crowded street in Chinatown, or deliberately scalding his own arm in a waffle iron to jumpstart his heart, he never runs out of inventive ways to stay alert.

Be forewarned, however, this ethically-challenged production ups the ante not only in terms of outrageously gruesome gore and politically-incorrect antics, but also when it comes to indulging in gratuitous nudity, sexuality, and profanity. That being said, Crank is relentless as it proceeds to assault the senses tirelessly with wave after wave of momentum-building intensity. Plus, the picture benefits immeasurably from constantly clever dialogue and a litany of humorous asides which serve to lighten the more macabre aspects of this attention-deficit adventure designed with the Joystick Generation in mind. For better or worse, the cinematic equivalent of crack.

Excellent (4 stars) Rated R for graphic carnality, frequent female frontal and male posterior nudity, pervasive profanity, ethnic slurs, incessant drug use, gruesome sadism and eroticized violence. Running time: 83 minutes Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Movie Reviews News

There were no upsets in terms of the major categories, with Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) prevailing in the lead acting categories, as expected
Kung Fu Elliot is a kickboxer on a desperate quest to be star. He ropes his girlfriend in to his delusional scheme and the question is, can the relationship last longer than the dream.
We see a procession of movies about artists throughout history suffering for their art, rarely are there sightings of the women in their lives made to suffer too.
Here are the top DVD releases for this week, starting with Whiplash, and just the right time for a fond farewell to the love month of February 2015!
Chris Elliott talks to Prairie Miller about The Rewrite, nutty jobs he's had just to get by, other fellow funny guys who've inspired him, and getting stoned on Groundhog Day.
Will was as eager to share enlightening information, as much about getting into the trickster head of his artful dodger character Nicky, as what he learned about himself.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

landing page ad

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site